White People Won't Save You

White People Won't Save You

A podcast that deconstructs the white savior trope in film, and recenters the Black and PoC chaaracters and actors in them.


September 14, 2023 88 mins

WE BACK BABBBBYYYYYY! Saviorless Summer is over and the time has come to return and karate chop these white savior movies in the neck. 

And what better way to start than with Ninja Vengeance! Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a white ninja fought the KKK? Look no further than this mess of a B-movie that...look, it's a lot. A love subplot with the chemistry of an Ikea manual. The karate of a community theater product...

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We come to you live with a special White People Won't Save You report! Blindside 2: Blindsided. While he was busy protecting the pocket, they were busy running his.

Cameron and Jordan react to all the drama surrounding the new allegations and law suit between Michael Oher and the Touy's.  We get into Oher's grievances, the difference between a conservatorship and adoption/guardianship, and why the math ain't mathing on the Touy sid...

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August 5, 2023 81 mins

We back! Kind of...

Jordan and Cameron chop it up with friend of the show James III (Black Men Can't Jump in Hollywood) to discuss the ongoing WGA/SAG strike that continues to roll on. We talk his experiences on the picket line, what the unions are fighting for, A.I. and more. 

We also get into the ancestors messing up that cop in Boston, fake gorillas in the zoo, and Taco Bell potentially skimping on the meat. 

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Hello! Although we're still taking it easy for the summer, we couldn't let a white savior movie this blatant pass us by. Guy Ritchie's The Covenant (yes you have to say the whole thing) is the story of a soldier so racked by guilt after his Afghan translator saves his life, that he goes back guns blazing to bring him and his family to America. It's the grounded and subtle storytelling Guy Ritchie is known for. 

Jordan sat down with...

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May 17, 2023 7 mins


Hello friends! We've been at this thing for almost 2 years now, no skips, and we love doing the show. However, it's a lot of work on our end putting things together on our own. So in the interest of not burning out and keeping things going, we'll be taking a little summer break. 


What this means is there won't be any regular episodes as you know them in June and July, but that doesn't mean we're ghosting yo...

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May 10, 2023 129 mins

On today's episode, we discuss a movie with the most baffling and boldly caucastic finale we may have seen so far. 2007's Resurrecting The Champ is your typical "based" on a true story nonsense, until the final 15 minutes...

Josh Hartnett does zero journalism, almost tanks a major newspaper, lies to his wife and son nonstop, but somehow he's the one who ends up better off than he started and the icon Samuel L. Jackson dies alone in...

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Ahhh the 90's. Super Soakers were soaking, MTV mostly played music videos, and a former cocaine mule turned snitch turned comedian was headlining TGIF. And at the height of his powers, Tim Allen and Disney joined forces to deliver one of the worst movies of the decade, 1997's Jungle 2 Jungle.

We're joined by the amazing Katt and Jaz of the Girl That's Scary podcast to break down the foolishness of Tim Allen and his son "Cat Piss". ...

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April 26, 2023 112 mins

TW: This is a capital E exploitation film an there's a lot of sexual violence to get through. 

What the hell did we just watch? A mess of a movie that stars Lee Marvin, Richard Burton, and the film debut of OJ Simpson. Buckle up because this one is...wild. 

We discuss what, if anything was the point of all this, the unfortunate parallels to current politics, and justice for Willie Washington. Also, white people doing the most in th...

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Today, a movie that proposes "what if you could fuck around...and never find out." 2007's The Last King of Scotland tells the story of a fictional white man who joins up with infamous Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and does just that. 

We're joined by the always on point Aramide Tinubu to discuss just how absurd the idea of Amin going to Nicholas to make decisions is, what the hell was going with Kerry and Forest's make up was, and just...

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April 12, 2023 130 mins

Clear eyes, full hearts...wait no. We fight for that inch! No, sorry. Left side! Strong side! That's the one! 

This week, we return to the gridiron as we discuss the 2000 Disney hit, Remember the Titans. We're so happy to be joined by the wonderful Aisha Harris (Pop Culture Happy Hour on NPR and author of the upcoming Wannabe: Reckonings With the Pop Culture That Shapes Me, in stores June 13th) as we get into this and try to move p...

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April 5, 2023 126 mins

*Exasperated sigh* Where do we even begin. Jordan had never seen an Ernest movie until now, and boy what a one to start with. 

The movie is so bad we spend the first 30 minutes talking about a completely different topic (creating complex BIPOC characters) but eventually we do get around to talking asking the real questions. Like...what is Ernest's deal? Were 3 different instances of brown face necessary, and where in the hell is "C...

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The time has finally come for us to go back to where it all started. It may not be the first, but 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird is without a doubt the grandfather of all white savior movies. 

That's why we brought in the hilarious Skyler Higley (Conan, The Onion) to help us get to the heart of why this film (and book) still endure. We answer probing questions like is Atticus Finch a good white man, why did Tom have to die for Scout ...

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March 22, 2023 111 mins

$350 million? For this? That's right, this week we're talking the disastrous (both financially an critically) 2012 Disney film, John Carter. Not of Mars, or anything else. His name is his name. 

We're grateful to be joined by the super talented Mellow Brown (Blade Runner: Origins) to get into what exactly went wrong. Was it the red face? The thinly veiled Civil War allegory? The totally confusing plot devices?

We also chat about th...

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Seriously, where do we start with this one. When we found out there was a Steven Seagal movie where he saves indigenous people from an evil oil company owned by Michael Caine, there was only one person to call. Brent from Home Video Hustle returns to guide us through the Seagal-verse and the 1994 environmental thriller, On Deadly Ground. 

A fever dream of a film, Seagal literally fights a bear, survives multiple explosio...

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Look beyond Black and white and you'll find...a white savior?

This week, we once again return to the wonderful world of Disney to discuss the 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie, The Color of Friendship. 

Joined by Twitter royalty Hanna Phifer, we catch up with Piper and Mahree and discuss how the movie holds up, what's missing, and the story of the real Mahree Bok. Also, #blockshaunking. 

Hanna is a must follow on Twitter and is cu...

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"I don't know what you've been told. This white savior trope is getting old!" 

This week we head to basic training with the wonderful Shayna of The Geekdown Podcast to discuss the 1994 flop, Renaissance Man. That's right, before Beyonce, there was Danny Devito, Marky Mark Wahlberg, and Stacy "I'll take my grits plain with salt" Dash in this half hearted military comedy. 

Between Khalil Kain being set up as a secret crack dealer and...

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Believe in the beat! We're jumping back in with Special K and the gang as we discuss Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo! 

We're joined by the phenomenal Jay Ray and DJ Sir Daniel of the Queue Points Podcast to break (pun intended) this one down. This movie is really just vibes so get ready for some laughs cause...what in the world is happening? The worlds horniest hospital, clearly not Turbo falling down some steps, and Ice-T in some cr...

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February 16, 2023 125 mins

You ever think you're about to see one movie, and end up watching something completely different and somehow worse? Cameron and Jordan definitely thought they were about to watch 2012's The Impossible, that takes the tragic 2004 Tsunami in Thailand and focuses on a white family on vacation. But 2015's No Escape is a different kind of disaster. 

The wonderful May Ngo (founder of the Prague writers workshop) joins us to break down th...

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February 9, 2023 68 mins

HITS From the Street was in a Disney movie? Specifically the 2006 sports (drama/comedy?) film, Glory Road. Also staring Derek Luke, Mechad Brooks, and the immortal Tatyana Ali, it tells the story of the first All Black starting five to win an NCAA championship...except the movie is 90% lies. 

Cameron was off doing a secret project, but the hilarious Niles Abston (Dave on FX, Household Name) joins us to discuss why this movie sounds...

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February 2, 2023 114 mins

We're certainly not in the MCU anymore. Today we check out what Thor does on his off days...apparently murder a lot of Brown people in 2020's Extraction. Produced by the Russo's (and based off a graphic novel they made) Chris Hemsworth coldy shoots his way through a South Asian country to rescue a drug dealers son and it's exactly as joyless as it sounds.

We're joined by the amazing Elliott Bornemann (of the Youtube channel Hakkuna...

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